I’m changing gears nowadays and I can tell you that it’s not easy. After working so many years on the day shift and being so accustomed to sleeping after the sun goes down, trying to make the transition to being up all night and getting into bed in the morning when I’m usually hitting the floor is messing up my circadian rlythm. I’m not complaining really. I’m trying to adjust. It’s true that I was in the habit of staying later than I should anyway but I tell you that around 2:30-3:00 in the morning when the urge to “crash” is the greatest, I must remind myself that to sleep then when I’m being paid to be awake would mean instant unemployment and the last time I checked the bank account, I was not quite ready to give up that paycheck that keeps showing up every two weeks as required.
Sooooo, as a means of helping these eyes stay open in the wee hours of the morning when the rest of America relaxes in lala land, I reach for my second Starbuck’s drink, in this case, a triple grande cinammon dolce latte, and start sipping and hoping it’ll help me from falling over backwards in my chair. I’m thinking about hooking myself with a short rope to the desk in front me at about midnight. That way, if I fall it will be face first forward into the keyboard and I’ll wake right back up. It’s just a thought. I’m working on a better idea. I did learn that covering the windows to darken the room and a little “white noise” from the fan both help the situation and I’m gradually getting a little more sleep as the days go by.
Maybe there is an up side to working nights. I’m writing again. It’s been awhile….but I’m back.